I didn't wrote that much about recent Adobe announcement that they are dropping Flash Player for mobile and focusing on AIR for apps instead. I wanted first to see what kind of reactions people had.
There is actually many different point of views.
Joy : people that didn't like Flash (some of them actually hate it) are rejoicing, seeing that as the next step toward complete flash demise. I can understand why people don't like proprietary technologies. As a developer, you get more frustrated since you can't contribute or try changing things that are just broken. And companies are often driving you into some kind of vendor-locking strategies in order to make sure that you can't reuse your skills if you buy another product from another company or - worse - use open source software. Which leads to...
Fear : "omgwtf I know only about Flash how am I going to eat in the upcoming years if it's dead ???" that's what a lot of flash developers are thinking now. They spent years building their skills for a given particular usage. Seeing this usage fade away must be quite fearsome. Of course they are people that will told them that nothing is wrong...
Deny : "I have never used Flash browser on mobile so it changes nothing, and you can still use with AIR for apps, actually this is great news !" .... Well, that's one way to put it, and actually that's not entirely wrong since actually flash browser usage on mobile has never been the main way to use Flash. That's just missing the point.
People thinking that way are just completely ignoring that technology popularity has never been about facts, but about hype, buzz, and somehow communication. Like it or not (being a scientist I'm actually very sad about it) but it works this way. And Adobe just sent a very bad red-light signal to all their actual (and potential) users. That might not be what they intended, but the result is the same : some companies will cancel their flash/mobile projects, some other will not choose Flash why they could have, etc. Of course some people know about that, but they just don't care...
But let's back to the topic, which was Flash.
Of course, I am part of this last category of people.
Hope you will join us too !